Noamundi, May 31: OMQ division of Tata Steel today observed �World No Tobacco Day� with the theme �Tobacco � a threat to development� on Wednesday.
On the occasion, a rally was organized by the employees of the Division at Noamundi with an objective to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
The rally was flagged off by Pankaj Satija, General Manager (Ore, Mines & Quarries), Tata Steel in the presence of Dr Dhirendra Kumar, Chief Medical Officer, Tata Steel Noamundi Hospital. Over 50 people participated in the rally that started from DVC gate and concluded at Noamundi Market.
During the rally, information leaflets regarding the ill effects of tobacco use were distributed among the public. The same were also distributed to all visiting patients at Tata Steel Noamundi Hospital, to create awareness.
Apart from these, informative sessions on �No Tobacco� were conducted for shopfloor employees at various locations by Dr Kumar.
Dr Kumar urged the participants to make the hospital and other places tobacco free zone. Dr Ashok Kumar Mohanty, Dr Dinesh Kumar, Dr S Rath, Dr J Majhi and Ms Swastika Das, Matron of the Hospital discussed regarding the ill effects of tobacco on the human body and its socio-economic impact as well.
Every year, �World No Tobacco Day� is observed around the world on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. This year�s theme focused on measures that the governments and public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.